As e-commerce demand continues to rise, so too does a retailer’s reliance on its delivery fleets. In fact, the fleet management market is projected to reach $52.50 billion by 2030. What was a logistical challenge before has now, for some, become a stressful nightmare.
In the midst of that growth, retail fleet managers might be tempted to leave well enough alone and shift their focus away from maintenance.
In a survey with Expert Market, the most common priorities for fleet operators in the next year are to reduce costs, increase operational efficiency, and increase the productivity of drivers. Fortunately, technology can help them meet all of these goals, particularly when making use of scanning tech.
In particular, scanning technology can help improve safety in retail delivery fleets by improving tire safety, enhancing regular fleet maintenance, and strengthening vehicle damage assessment.
Improving Tire Safety
According to NHTSA, worn-out tires are three times more likely to be involved in a crash than tires with sufficient tread depth, making tire maintenance crucial to improving road safety.
Scanning technology makes it easy for fleet owners to check their current tread levels when concerned and understand exactly when and which tires should be replaced. From there, fleet owners can adjust accordingly and lower the chances of fleet downtime.
Enhancing Regular Fleet Maintenance
Proactive planning is the best way to manage fleet maintenance, as tackling maintenance issues before they arrive is an easy way to avoid unsafe situations on the road.
Using scanning technology combined with business intelligence, fleet managers can easily anticipate which parts are ripe for maintenance. The technology is also a reliable way of collecting data and storing it for future maintenance checks, saving owners time and reducing errors.
Strengthening Vehicle Damage Assessment
Damage assessment – inspections that happen prior to the driver being given the keys to the vehicle and then again when they return it – is one of the most important and costly factors in fleet operations.
Poor damage assessment can miss important issues that result in dangerous situations on the job, which is why its accuracy and efficiency is so crucial.
When scanning technology is added to the equation, damage detection makes it possible for retail fleets to maintain accurate records of the vehicles in their fleet.
Hitting the Road
Scanning technology allows retail fleets to be proactive about their safety. Not only does efficient maintenance reduce long-term costs for fleet owners, but it also keeps the roads safer for drivers and passengers alike, which is what is most important at the end of the day.
— Lukas Kinigadner, CEO and Co-Founder, Anyline
Lukas Kinigadner is co-founder and CEO of Anyline, leading the company since its inception to become one of the leading mobile data capture companies in the market. Before Anyline, Kinigadner founded several companies, including one of the first app agencies in Austria, and brings additional experience from the banking and consultancy sectors. Besides his role as Anyline CEO, Kinigadner mentors young businesses and shares his expertise with other entrepreneurs starting innovative digital companies.